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Heads of Biodiversity Conventions Discuss Synergies, SDG Implementation[viewed]

The 11th regular meeting of the Liaison Group of Biodiversity-related Conventions (BLG) took stock of the second meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) and discussed the preparation and possible outcomes of upcoming international environmental meetings. The BLG aims to enhance coordination and synergies and share information across the seven global biodiversity-related conventions.

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ILO Reports Youth Unemployment On the Rise[viewed]

The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched a youth-focused version of its 2016 report on global employment trends and prospects. The report, titled 'World Employment and Social Outlook 2016 - Trends for Youth,' finds that after several years of employment growth, youth unemployment is again on the rise.

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World Bank Approves Environmental and Social Framework Inclusive of Ten Safeguards[viewed]

An Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) meant to expand the protection of people and the environment in World Bank-financed investment projects has been approved by the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors following almost four years of review.

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ECOSOC Committee to Consider Tax Advice to G20[viewed]

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has circulated a set of recommendations on building tax capacity in developing countries. The recommendations were provided by four organizations - the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UN, and the World Bank - in response to a request from the Group of 20 (G20) Ministers of Finance and Central Bank Governors in February 2016.

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UN Secretary-General Reports on Implementation[viewed]

The UN Secretary-General has issued a report on the implementation of key processes related to sustainable development, in preparation for the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The UNGA's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) will take up the report, among several others from the Secretary-General, when conducts its substantive work in October and November 2016.

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Event: Senior Officials Meeting of UN Environment Management Group (SOM 22)[viewed]

The 22nd Senior Officials Meeting of the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) will take place on 22 September 2016, in New York, US.

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Event: G20 Summit - China 2016[viewed]

The Group of 20 leaders will convene in Hangzhou, China, to discuss way to enhance international economic cooperation.

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Policy Update #31: The New Urban Agenda: Opportunities and Challenges for Financing Sustainable Cities[viewed]

It has been 40 years since the global community first addressed the cities agenda, at the UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat I), but the need for strategic thinking and planning for cities is as strong as ever.

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Event: Budapest Water Summit 2016[viewed]

The Budapest Water Summit 2016 will build on the results of the Budapest Water Summit 2013, the Paris Climate Change Conference and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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UN Launches Digital Campaign on Refugee Crisis[viewed]

On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, the UN called for a ceasefire in Syria to enable delivery of urgently-needed food and medicines, and launched the 'World You'd Rather' digital campaign to promote a just and safer world.

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